Reports emerging from the violence that is Egypt right now indicate that Christian homes and Christian churches are being intentionally marked as targets for terrorism (click here and here for details).
As I sit in the relative safety of my office and peruse news of these events on the other side of the world it gives me pause. First, I feel for anyone in harm’s way. This kind of violence is tragic wherever it takes place. Second, I hurt to see those who profess Christ as Lord being persecuted for their faith. Third, I cannot help but wonder if the same thing could– at some point– happen right here in the heart of the Bible belt.
For, as the United States grows more secular; As religious terrorism spreads globally; it is not only possible, but likely probable.
This is not a welcome thought to consider, but should it really be that shocking? Not if we are familiar with the historical struggle of God’s people:
Dear friends do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering as though something strange were happening to you. (1 Peter 4:12)
Perhaps some of the Egyptian Christians currently under fire recall these words of Peter. I hope so because there is more:
But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. (vs 13-14)
Yes, the glory God promises far out weighs the terror the world holds– this is a consistent and comforting biblical theme.
But it is one thing to acknowledge it and another to live it. Some in Egypt are living it. Please pray continually for them.
Include our nation in those prayers too. Egypt is not as far away from us as it used to be.
Lord come quickly!